Math is Messy!

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Learning math at AcadeCap is hands on. It’s messy, and it’s fun. We use a program called Défi-Mathématiques. This program is concept based, and encourages the use of a variety of manipulatives from Grade 1 through to Grade 6. Défi-Mathématiques focuses on problem solving in context, so children know how the skills are applicable to real-life situations. Students use tools such as base-10 blocks, centicubes, unifix cubes, building blogs, geoboards, bingo counters, Cuisinaire rods, and more. Using manipulatives encourages students to develop a concrete image of how the math “works” and helps students visually solve problems. In our class, we aren’t afraid to get messy when trying to solve a problem! We work on the floor, on tables, wherever we need to.

Source:: Grade 1 & 2 Blog

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My name is Shannon Neill and I am currently the Grade 1/2 teacher at AcadeCap. I began my teaching career in 2017 after graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Education, specialized in French Immersion Pedagogy. Since my first year of teaching, I have been working with Grade 1 and 2 students, from Montreal, to Winnipeg, and now Ottawa, where I have been with AcadeCap since 2018. Working with students in Grade 1 and 2 is definitely something special. The students are curious, honest and so willing to learn and share - I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to learn from my students every day!

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